\ ˈstȯrk \

Definition of stork

: any of various large wading birds (family Ciconiidae) chiefly of Asia, Africa, and South America that have long stout bills and are related to the ibises and herons

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The plan seems simple: Place a mobile phone tracker on a white stork to study the bird's migration pattern. Joshua Hafner, USA TODAY, "Stork flies off with phone tracker, charity gets $2,700 bill," 9 July 2018 Greenfield's ambulances seem to have become rolling maternity wards, with the stork delivering babies well before the ambulance can get expectant mothers to the hospital. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It's raining babies': Greenfield paramedics deliver second baby in two weeks," 27 June 2018 The stork itself stands on a turtle: a symbol of fertility. Hettie Judah, New York Times, "How Elegant, How Lethal," 15 Feb. 2018 Also known as Kounotori 5, the Japanese word for white stork, the ship willy carry 4.5 tons of food, supplies, a new telescope, and even a new kitchen galley for the crew aboard the ISS. Jake Swearingen, Popular Mechanics, "Watch the Japanese H-II Transport Vehicle Launch This Morning," 19 Aug. 2015 They were brought in after the newborn was freshly cleaned and blanketed, almost perpetuating the stork folklore of a sweet-smelling cuddly baby dropped into waiting parents’ arms. Pat Lenhoff,, "Column: Father's Day and childhood memories," 11 June 2018 Skies once crowded with storks and herons were empty. The Economist, "Climate change is making the Arab world more miserable," 31 May 2018 The pavilion’s reflective exterior mirrored the ancient building’s pale brick walls and even the famed storks nesting in the ramparts. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "In Marrakech, Van Cleef & Arpels Celebrate 50 Years of Its Iconic Alhambra Design," 25 May 2018 In story one, the stork needs a break, and some of the other are called on to deliver a baby girl. Laura Demarco,, "Cleveland International Film Festival: Who's in Town April 5," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stork

Middle English, from Old English storc; akin to Old High German storah stork and probably to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark

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English Language Learners Definition of stork

: a large bird that has long legs and a long bill and neck


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Kids Definition of stork

: a large wading bird that has a long heavy bill and long legs and builds large nests usually in trees or on the top of roofs and poles

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to gather or build up little by little

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